Category: Climate Change

Earth Overshoot Day: The Most Important Day You’ve Never Heard of

According to Global Footprint Network, “Every year people demand more from nature than it can regenerate.” In 1969, the group started calculating the annual Earth Overshoot Day — the day when we’ve used as many natural resources that the Earth can provide for us that year. Unfortunately, the date is earlier and earlier each year This year’s Earth Overshoot Day was August 2. That’s eight months into 2017, or two-thirds into the year. To commemorate this year’s Overshoot Day, Global Footprint Network is launching a new Footprint calculator that works on smartphones. You can calculate the amount of natural...

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Wooly Mammoth Ivory is On the Rise – And It’s Hurting Elephants

Around 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks by poachers each year. A record 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory between the years of 2010 and 2012 alone.  As international and domestic regulatory measures take aim at the illegal sale of ivory, the now-extinct woolly mammoth poses a new threat to the elephant’s plight. As climate change melts the Siberian permafrost, newly exposed mammoth tusks are collected and sold legally as a humane alternative. But the ivory industry is using this to mask the illegal sale of elephant ivory. Bearing close resemblance to mammoth ivory, elephant ivory is...

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Keystone XL Protesters Build Solar Panels Right in Pipeline’s Path

By November, the fate of the final phase of the Keystone XL Pipeline will be decided. In a stroke of defiant genius — an effort to thwart construction and a symbol of the renewable energy they want to create — activists and landowners are building solar panels directly on the path of the proposed pipeline. The Solar XL project, a coalition of Bold Nebraska, Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, CREDO, Oil Change International and others, has raised over $40,000 for its campaign to build clean energy. Nebraskan farmer Jim Carlson was among the first to install solar panels on his...

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How a Plant-based Diet Fights Climate Change

It’s no secret – eating meat isn’t exactly good for the environment. Yet many people are still unaware of the effect their diets have on society and the world in general. The documentary Cowspiracy attempted to shed some light on the destructive nature of the meat industry, but we still have a long way to go before people truly realize the connection between meat and climate change. Conversely, a plant-based diet can go a long way to fighting climate change. How exactly? Here are four big reasons you might want to think about switching to a plant-based diet if...

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Carbon Footprint Calculator Reveals How Sustainable Your Lifestyle Is

The film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power premiered in cinemas this week. It’s been a decade since Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth first shocked us and alerted us to the alarming and escalating global warming epidemic. Many of us are making an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. Who knew that factory farms’ emissions were contributing so much to global warming (or how terribly farm animals are treated)? We had no idea that the oceans were filling up with plastics. Lots of scary realities have come to our attention, and we need to tackle these dangerous issues. We’re recycling....

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Electric Cars to Overtake Fossil-Fuel Vehicles by 2040

According to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), emission-free vehicles will outnumber those powered by oil within the next 20 years. The BNEF’s annual Electric Vehicle Outlook (EVO) is a bold jump from last year’s predictions, mainly because of research indicating the rise of more affordable lithium-ion batteries. It’s not only great news that we’ll save more money, but that we’ll be doing it while making an environmentally conscious decision. “The EV [Electric Vehicle] revolution is going to hit the car market even harder and faster than BNEF predicted a year ago. EVs are on track to accelerate to...

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California Counties are Suing Big Oil for Climate Change Cover-Up

In landmark legal action for the environment, California’s San Mateo and Marin counties and the city of Imperial Beach in San Diego County have filed lawsuits in California Superior Court against 37 fossil fuel companies for years of damages due to climate change. Claiming that the companies knew the effects of coal, oil, and gas production on the climate, the counties are suing for the damages incurred and expected as climate change wrecks havoc on the ocean. A consistently rising sea level has forced these coastal communities to prepare homes and businesses to deal with possible loss and damage from...

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Scientists Warn: Earth is Facing its 6th Mass Extinction

In a recent study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists are warning that the Earth may be facing its sixth mass extinction due to detrimental human activities. To date, we have had five other extinctions of this caliber, during which a large number and wide variety of species rapidly perished. The distinguishing factor with the latest phenomenon is that the catastrophe is not being caused by natural causes (i.e. volcanic eruptions, meteor strikes), but by human-led activities such as deforestation, overpopulation, and pollution. The study analyzed 27,600 vertebrae species, including a detailed analysis of 177 species of...

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